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Policy Futures

  • Researching on education policy, governance and administration at a time of political crisis in Europe.

About the research programme


The research program Policy Futures investigates the stakes concerning education policy, governance and administration at a time of political crisis in Europe. The research program explores the double challenge that is confronting current European education policy:

  • how the transnational turn in education policy is reshaping current and future concepts and governing of education
  • how this transnational order is undermined by the rise of re-nationalizations, nationalisms and populisms

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Policy Futures news and events

Policy Futures members receive the Sapere aude and Inge Lehmann grant

Research program Director and Associate Professor, Katja Brøgger, received a Sapere Aude Research Leadership grant and an Inge Lehmann grant from the Independent Research Fund Denmark to conduct a large-scale international research project on the rise neo-nationalism in higher education. Policy Futures member and Associate Professor, Søren Smedegaard Bengtsen, received the Sapere Aude Research Leadership grant to study how the cohesion between doctoral education societal impact and value may be increased.  

Learn more about the projects here: https://dff.dk/en/grants/copy_of_research-leaders-2020?set_language=en 

Honorary professors of Policy Futures

August 07 2020

We are happy to announce that Professor of Education Susan Robertson at Cambridge University and Professor of Sociology, Romuald Nordmand from Strasbourg University have been conferred the title of honorary professors of Policy Futures for the period 1 September 2020.

Global Trends in Education: Commercialization – Why should we care?

January 22, 2020

Together with Oxfam Ibis, the Policy Futures PRIVATOPIA Network hosted this event on January 22. with Dr. Prachi Sristava from University of Western Ontario, one of the leading experts on commercialization of education and low-fee private schooling: Global Trends in Education: Commercialization – Why should we care?

The event was a great success – a packed room with students, researchers and political activists interested in education, development and the politics around the private and the public sector. Many thanks to Lucas Cone and Oxfam Ibis for organizing this.

Education Politics between the transnational and re-nationalizing pressures

DPU's Policy Futures and AAU's Centre for Education Policy Research seminar, September 2019

This week Danish School of Education's research program "Policy Futures" teamed up with Centre for Education Policy Research at Aalborg University for the seminar titled: "Education Politics between the transnational and re-nationalizing pressures ". Jana Bacevic (University of Cambridge) and Bob Lingard (University of Queensland) participated as guest lecturers.

Danish School of Education's (DPU) research programme 'Policy Futures' at Aarhus University and Aalborg University's Center for Education Policy Research (directed by Professor Mette Buchardt) shares the distinct feature of engaging with education policy studies. In late September, they joined forces on a 2-day collaborative seminar. This seminar aimed at strengthening cross-institutional collaboration and sharing of knowledge and new trends within the field.

The seminar centered around themes such as "Transnational institutions and identity politics", "Repositioning educational responsibilities", "Breaking or (re-)making the (trans-)national?", "Pedagogy and reforms between national and universalist narratives", and "Data, numbers, and measurements".  The seminar took place at DPU's location in Copenhagen. With another planned seminar in the spring in Aalborg, the two research groups expand horizons, achieve valuable insights into the work of colleagues, and receive appreciated feedback on ongoing projects. The joint initiatives on collaborative seminars promises well for a future successful partnership and not least for future examinations of education policy.

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Digital Learning Assessments in Education: A Critical Analysis

Thursday 3 October 2019

The research program Policy Futures hosted a public lecture by Bob Lingard (Emeritus Professor of Sociology of Education, Institute for Learning Sciences and Teacher Education, Australian Catholic University) on Digital Learning Assessments in Education: A Critical Analysis

The presentation addressed the growing roles of big data and digital learning assessments in education in the context of the impact of digital disruption and changing social arrangements. This phenomenon has been characterised variously as the audit culture, knowing capitalism, data capitalism, the metric society and surveillance capitalism.

Lingard addressed the following questions: What is the nature of digital learning assessments and how do they evolve in complex and nonlinear ways from computer-based testing through Computer Adaptive Testing to Immersive Assessments? And, what are the relationships to big data, in terms of volume, continuous collection and interaction?

Policy Futures International Webinar Series

Guardians of the Future: International Organisations, Anticipatory Governance and Education

On April 23, the Policy Futures research program hosted an international webinar on UNESCO’s and OECD’s ambition to govern the future of education.

Our close colleague and honorary professor of the Policy Futures research program, Professor Susan Robertson gave a wonderful and insightful keynote on the topic: Guardians of the Future: International Organisations, Anticipatory Governance and Education.

Susan is Professor of Sociology of Education and Head at the Faculty of Education, University of Cambridge and honorary professor of the Policy Futures research program.

Her most recent works are on the future and anticipatory global governance. Susan is founding editor and currently Editor in Chief of Globalisation, Societies and Education.

Our two discussants, Lecturer in higher education, Janja Komljenovic from Lancaster University and Senior lecturer Miguel Antonio Lim from Manchester University provided comments and reflections on Susan’s presentation.

Thank you to our keynote, discussants and wonderful international colleagues for engaging in an important discussion on the role of UNESCO and OECD.

Susan Robertson (right), Professor of Sociology of Education and Head at the Faculty of Education, University of Cambridge and honorary professor of the Policy Futures research program. Janja Komljenovic (center), Lecturer in higher education, Lancaster University. Miguel Antonio Lim (left), Senior lecturer, Manchester University.

The policy futures of intersectionality and diversity

Ann Phoenix is currently guest professor in the Department of Education, Umeå University, Sweden. Her permanent employment is as Professor of Psychosocial Studies at the Department of Social Science, UCL Institute of Education.
Dorthe Staunæs is professor of social psychology at DPU, Aarhus University and member of the Policy Futures research program.
John Krejsler is Professor MSO at DPU, Aarhus University, and member of the Policy Futures research program.
Nina Lykke is Professor Emerita of Gender Studies with special reference to Gender and Culture at the Unit of Gender Studies, Linköping University, Sweden.

March 19, 2021

 

The Policy Research program hosted an international webinar on The policy futures of intersectionality and diversity. 

 

Our keynotes Professor Ann Phoenix, Professor Nina Lykke, Professor John Krejsler and Professor Dorthe Staunæs provided inspiring and insightful perspectives on different ways of approaching intersectionality and how intersectionality can inform methodologies on policy and diversity and contribute to possible (policy) futures.

 

The webinar was a celebration of the appointment of two honorary professors at DPU, Ann Phoenix  (Professor of Psychosocial Studies at the Department of Social Science, UCL Institute of Education) and Nina Lykke (Professor Emerita of Gender Studies with special reference to Gender and Culture at the Unit of Gender Studies, Linköping University, Sweden). 

Ann Phoenix research is mainly about social identities and the ways in which psychological experiences and social processes are linked and intersectional. This includes work on racialised and gendered identities; family lives and home; migration and transnational families.

Nina Lykke’s research centers on the geopolitics of cancer, critical patienthood studies, queer widowhood, death, mourning and spirituality in queerfeminist materialist and decolonial perspectives.

The Academic Self and Expert Knowledge

Romuald Normand, Professor at the University of Strasbourg and honorary professor of the Policy Futures research program.
Dorota Dakowska, Professor in Political science at Lyon University and partner in the research project ‘Asserting the Nation: Comparative Studies on the Rise of Neo-nationalism in Higher Education’.
Nelli Piattoeva, Associate Professor at the New Social Research Faculty of Education and Culture at Tampere University.
March 9, 2021

 

The Policy Futures research program hosted an international online webinar on the complex relation between the academic self and expert knowledge/the role as expert. Our French colleague, Romuald Normand (Strasbourg University) gave an insightful keynote on the topic: “Following European experts as an embedded researcher. Multiple commitments, contingencies, and asymmetries shaping the academic self”. Two respondents, Professor Dorota Dakowska (Université Lumière Lyon 2) and Associate professor Nelli Piattoeva (Tampere University) provided elaborate and contextualizing comments on the presentation. Colleagues from European countries such as France, Norway, Sweden, Belgium, Finland, Italy, the UK and Denmark joined the webinar. Many thanks to the keynote, the respondents and the audience for a stimulating afternoon.

 

Romuald Normand, Professor at the University of Strasbourg and honorary professor of the Policy Futures research program. His main research topics are comparative education and policy studies. Romuald has researched topics relating to metrics and accountability systems in education, academic work, and expertise. He occupies several important posts. Besides his professorship at Strasbourg, he is Head of the Chinese-French Centre for Innovation in Education and Associate Professor at Beijing Normal University, China.

 

Dorota Dakowska, Professor in Political science at Lyon University and partner in the DPU-based international comparative research project ‘Asserting the Nation: Comparative Studies on the Rise of Neo-nationalism in Higher Education’ led by PI Katja Brøgger. Dorota does research in Higher Education Reforms, Higher education policy in the European Union, Political Organizations and Parties, and Comparative Democratization. She is Deputy Director of the Political science doctorate at the University of Lyon and President of the Scientific Council of the Centre Marc Bloch, French-German Research Centre in Berlin and elected Board member of the French Political Science Association.

 

Nelli Piattoeva, Associate Professor at the New Social Research Faculty of Education and Culture at Tampere University. Nelli examines education as a means of governance. Especially her research agenda addresses the intertwined processes of transnationalisation and datafication of education policymaking. In particular, she has taken an interest in how the production and use of national and international large-scale assessments of learning outcomes act as technologies of education governance at a distance. 

Digitalization, Neo/liberalization and the Re-making of the School Form

Emiliano Grimaldi, Associate Professor of Sociology of Education at the Department of Social Sciences of the University of Naples, Italy.
Paolo Landri, Senior researcher at the National Research Council Institute of Research on Population and Social Policies, Italy.
December 3 2020

The Policy Futures research program hosted an international online webinar on ‘Digitalization, Neo/liberalization and the Re-making of the School Form’. Our Italian colleagues, Paolo Landri and Emiliano Grimaldi, gave a wonderful keynote. They both have long track records of researching education policy and governance, in particular in relation to school, digital technologies and privatization. Host and research program director, Katja Brøgger, introduced the guest speakers and chaired the session. Professor WSR John Benedicto Krejsler (Aarhus University), post doctoral researcher Pieter Vanden Broeck (UCLouvain), and PhD Scholar Lucas Cone (Aarhus University) provided thought provoking feedback and reflections on the keynote. Colleagues from all over Europe and the US joined the webinar and contributed to an inspiring plenary discussion.

Trust in Education

Inka Bormann, Professor at the Department of General Education, Freie University
November 13 2020

The Policy Futures research program hosted an internal international online webinar on ‘Trust in Education’. The webinar was part of an exchange agreement between Freie University, Berlin and Aarhus University, the Policy Futures research program. Inka Bormann, Professor at the Department of General Education at Freie University, gave an insightful introduction to trust in education. Following Inka’s research, trust is considered a key lubricant for societal cohesion. In her keynote, Inka explored what happens when trust in education is challenged, for example due to teachers or schools that fail to overcome social inequality or governance instruments that change the balance between autonomy and control. As part of the exchange agreement, Inka also contributes to the Masters’ degree program in Education Science, the module on advanced studies on governance and administration in education. 

The radical right and education

Anja Giudici, Postdoctoral Research Fellow SCHOOLPOL Project
Department of Politics and International Education, University of Oxford
November 02 2020

On October 22, the Policy Futures research program hosted an international online webinar on ‘the radical right and education’. Anja Giudici, postdoctoral researcher at University of Oxford, gave an intriguing keynote. Chair and research program director, Katja Brøgger, introduced the important topic of the session and the guest speaker. Susan Robertson, professor at Cambridge University, Christian Ydesen, professor at Aalborg University, and Mante Vertelyté, postdoctoral researcher at Aarhus University provided insightful feedback and reflections on the keynote. Scholars from all over Europa joined the webinar and contributed to a wonderful plenary discussion.